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Directed by Jeffrey Karoff
Produced by Jeffrey Karoff
Music by Peter Min
Cinematography Anghel Decca
Edited by Erin Nordstrom
Release date
  • January 2013 (2013-01)
Running time
39 minutes

Cavedigger is a 2013 documentary film by Jeffrey Karoff.


This film is the story of Ra Paulette, a man who obsessively digs massive, ornately carved, sandstone caves in Northern New Mexico as art. These works are commissioned by patrons, who envision smaller scale projects, but Paulette often take years to finish, and artistic conflict ensues over money and the scope of the project. All of his caves are created by using just hand tools. The story is the classic battle of how one knows when an artistic project is finished. At the end of the film, we see Paulette start his magnum opus, a cave he expects to take the last 10 years of his life, on unauthorized land, and in secret.[1]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result
Academy Award[2] March 2, 2014 Best Short Subject Documentary Jeffrey Karoff Nominated

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  1. ^ Means, Sean P. (2014-02-06). "Movie review: Short documentaries speak the truth in small doses". The Salt Lake Tribune. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  2. ^ "2014 Oscar Nominations". 16 January 2013. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 

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